Explore the Costa Brava on a full-day tour from Barcelona, and discover beautiful coastal landscapes, charming villages, and important marine reserves.
What to Expect
This 12-hour tour from Barcelona explores the Girona coast, christened as the Costa Brava 100 years ago, due to its rugged coastline, composed of small coves. Its superb natural beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas, such as Cap de Creus, the Emporda Marshes, and the Marine Reserve of the Medes islands.
The area has also historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations. Each has left a footprint, evidenced by the Greek and Roman sites in Èmpuries.
Depart from Plaça Catalunya at 08:30, and take the motorway to Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village of great architectural and natural beauty, where you will visit its incomparable bays for spectacular views.
Take an easy 15-minute hike along the Camino de Ronda to the town of Llafranc. The Camino de Ronda borders all of the Costa Brava, and was historically used to control smuggling. Today, you will discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible.
Explore the elegant seaside town of Llafranc, before heading to Pals at around noon. Located inland, on the top of a hill, the village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top, there is a 12th-Century cylindrical tower, which is visible from far away. Get stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings from the terrace, and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town, to appreciate the round arches, façades with pointed windows arches, and perfectly restored stone balconies.
Continue to l’Estartit, an important diving center due to its close proximity to the Medes Islands’ archipelago, of significant interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the area.
The ecosystem has been identified as the best marine reserve in the occidental Mediterranean, with more than 1,200 species classified. Enjoy some free time for lunch, and take a stroll around town. Then, jump on board the semi-submersible Nautilus boat.
Head for the outer islands, where the views are spectacular. Through submerged cabins with large windows, you will get exceptional views of a sea floor full of life, almost as if you were diving!
Continue to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí, only accessible by boat, and one of the best-preserved, and least spoiled areas in the Costa Brava.
Your final stop is the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Èmpuries. An expert guide will take you on a guided tour of the site, the only one in Spain where both a Greek and later a Roman city existed together. Admire the remains of the city walls, the Acropolis, Market Square, and numerous other buildings. See the Greek port, dating from the 1st-Century BC, and the Roman city highlights, such as a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the Forum, remains of an Amphitheater, and several statues and vestiges of street frameworks.
Return to Barcelona at approximately 18:00. You will arrive back at Plaça Catalunya at around 20:00.
- Transport by bus
- Boat trip
- Guided visit to the Greek and Roman ruins
- Audio guide service in German, French, Italian, and Russian
Placa Catalunya, Barcelona, in front of the Hard Rock Café.
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time.